October 2021

A Message From Michelle
October…she is quietly magnificent. She gently ushers in the changes that prepare us for the coming months and just as May delights us with the first signs of spring; October shows off her landscape and morphs into breathtaking shades of orange and yellow. Pumpkin Coffee, football, comfy sweatshirts, and crisp, cool mornings delight our senses and remind us that we have so much for which to be grateful!
 
My message this month is one of Hope. Just as October welcomes those changes I mentioned, Pickering Manor is also welcoming the Hope that comes with knowing that we are continuing to care and love those beautiful men and women who have been entrusted to our care and doing all we can to keep them safe.
 
As I mentioned in the September newsletter, Pickering Manor is sharing a mandatory Covid-19 Vaccine policy with our staff effective October 1st. Most of our staff have been vaccinated and are scheduled for their Booster. We continue to discuss, educate and encourage those who are unvaccinated to consider the safety and well-being of not only those in our care, but for one another.
 
I’m also hoping that all who are reading this newsletter, and especially if you have a loved one at Pickering Manor or in any other care facility consider the importance of vaccination. While making the vaccine mandatory for the staff, I am not yet able to require those visiting to be vaccinated at this time. I am actually hoping the regulations will change and that this will become a requirement to visit in the resident rooms and spaces. If the staff is required to be vaccinated, I firmly believe those visiting should be held to the same standards.
 
We are moving back toward a place of recovery; a place where we can appreciate the ‘little things’, a place of Hope.
 
So, grab that Pumpkin Spiced Latte and prepare to snuggle in around a cozy fire; after all, isn’t that really what it’s all about??
 
Happy October,
Michelle

Michelle Knobloch, NHA
Chief Executive Officer
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
APARTMENTS
We are excited to announce Pickering Manor has newly available 55+ apartment homes for rent - each apartment will gain a full or partial renovation prior to resident move in. The apartment homes are set on beautifully landscaped grounds and are an easy stroll to the heart of Newtown in Bucks County, PA, which is full of shopping, entertainment, and dining options. Pickering Manor offers a mixture of one bedroom and two bedroom apartments to suit your independent lifestyle.

Additional Features:
  • Worry-free maintenance provided year-round
  • Apartments are equipped with a wireless emergency response system
  • Safe and accommodating environment

If you would like information on availability, please contact: Admissions Director, Maria Stampone, at (215) 968-3878 Ext. 1074 or mstampone@pickeringmanor.org.
One of our lower level apartments awaiting appliances and final touches!
UPCOMING EVENTS
Sponsored by:
ONE WEEK AWAY!!!
3rd Annual Sips and Suds
October 15-October 29, 2021
Virtual Mystery Raffle
We will raffle off baskets to benefit Pickering Manor's residents!

You are entered in the drawing each weekday with a Grand Prize Drawing on Friday, October 29 worth over $500.00!

Purchase by 3:00 pm for a chance at that day's raffle basket.

You can purchase your chances NOW or call Jen Miller, Development Coordinator, at (215) 968-3878 Ext. 1112 or email jmiller@pickeringmanor.org.

$150.00/20 chances a day
$75.00/10 chances a day
$40.00/5 chances a day
$20.00/1 chance a day

Raffle Basket Sneak Peek Below!
We will announce all baskets and our schedule closer to the event!
GRAND PRIZE BASKET

Two tickets to Beautiful: Carole King story at the Kimmel Center (Friday, Feb. 25, 2022),
Rock and Roll 1,000-piece puzzle, Carole King memoir, and
VISA gift card for dinner and/or hotel!

Retail Value $500.00
PHILLIES BASKET

Show your Philadelphia Phillies spirit with two Phillies caps, one Phillies Picnic Blanket, Phillies Back-to-School Gym bag, and a Phillies Beach Towel, Phillies Scooby Doo Bobble, Phillies Peanuts Schroeder Bobble, Phillies Spiderman Bobble, and Phillies Star Wars Millennium Falcon Figurine.

Retail value: $200.00
There are no exchanges, mailed tickets, and on-site sales are strongly discouraged. If you are interested in buying tickets over the phone, please contact Jen Miller at (215) 968-3878 Ext. 1112.
Thank you and good luck!!
WALK WITH US
October 10, 2021 - 11AM
Dementia Friendly Newtown (a local initiative started by Pickering Manor and Pennswood Village) is organizing a local team to patriciate in the Walk to End Alzheimer's on Sunday, October 10th at 11:00 am.

For more details contact:
Meri Luarasi at (215) 968-3878
RECENT EVENTS
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN: Fundraising Event with the Eagles!

On Wednesday, September 29, JKJ and Isaac Newton's hosted a fun family friendly Fundraiser featuring Eagles Alumni and Swoop to benefit Pickering Manor's Capital Campaign. The beautiful weather drew over 75+ guests and we are pleased to report we raised over $3,500 with more proceeds to be added as Isaac Newton's will generously donate 10% of the night's sales. Special thanks to JKJ, Eagles Alumni Sean Landeta and William Thomas, Swoop, and all our attendees for making this such a successful event! It's not too late to give to our Capital Campaign, if you would like to donate, please visit here!
Guests peruse the wonderful raffle baskets generously created and donated by JKJ's Colleen Albrecht and team
Eagles Alumni Sean Landeta autographs photos as Pickering Manor's Claudette King, Nikoleta Barboni, and Chris Rotanz look on.
Pictured are longtime Pickering Manor supporter Greg Downs, Swoop, CEO Michelle Knobloch and Eagles Alumni William Thomas.
Pictured: Terry Ziegler, DON, administering the Flu Vaccine to our Director of Housekeeping, German Cunningham.
FLU SHOTS & BOOSTERS
Pickering Manor continues to keep our staff and residents safe by distributing necessary vaccines. Last week, Pickering Manor held their Annual Flu Clinic for residents and staff.

In addition, Pickering Manor's mandatory Covid-19 Vaccine policy was shared with staff. COVID-19 Booster Clinics for Pickering Manor residents and staff have been scheduled for October 18 and November 09, 2021.
SUPPORT GROUP
Pickering Manor offers a monthly online Dementia Support Group
The support group helps caregivers in Newtown and our surrounding communities stay social and supported during these unprecedented times. 

The group discusses the emotional and mental well-being of caregivers, preventing burn out, enhancing the understanding of the disease process, and creating a supportive network with other caregivers in the community.

For more information/sign up: Meri Luarasi, Memory Care Administrator, at (215) 968-3878 or email her here.
Monthly: Every First Tuesday @10am
Location: Virtual
ANNOUNCEMENTS
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Happiest of birthdays to our residents celebrating a birthday this month:

October 14

Louise V.

October 30

William S.
PICKERING COMMUNITY
RESIDENT SPOTLIGHT
William and Pat Woodhead:
a Love Story
Written by Meri Luarasi,
Memory Care Administrator 
As Pat, one of our Skilled Nursing residents told Meri Luarasi, "our (Bill and my) love story is uncomplicated, but it is very special to us. We met at work, at Mitchell’s Specialties. They made windows for cars. I did payroll and Bill was a controller. He was friendly with the girls at work and used to chat and joke with them. He had noticed me and had wanted to take me out…I was a beautiful 21-year-old at the time. He was a quiet, a suburban snob from Cheltenham and I was from Kensington. 
RESIDENT HIGHLIGHTS
Our Pickering Family - Barbara and Loreley proudly reciting the Pledge of Allegiance for Patriot Day.
Our Pickering Family - Pat and Sabina (Nonna) crafting beautiful suncatchers together.
STAFF HIGHLIGHTS
Our team welcomed fall with an end of summer BBQ. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful staff.
Our team celebrated the one year anniversary of Yates Pavilion w/ coffee & donuts on National Coffee Day!
It is not too late to be a part of our Capital Campaign!

We have reached 70% of our goal of $1.5 million. We encourage all potential and existing donors to explore doubling their gift through their employer’s Matching Gift program. You can give online or call our Development Department for more information at (215) 968-3878 ext. 1112.
About Pickering Manor

Located in Newtown, PA, Pickering Manor is a non-profit senior-living facility offering Independent Living consisting of 10 semi-detached cottages and 24 senior rental apartments. In 2020, Pickering Manor launched its largest expansion to date; the 26,000 square foot Sidney T. Yates Pavilion complete with a state-of-the-art rehab, 15 Short-Term Rehab rooms, and 15 Personal Care rooms are now open.

In 2021, Pickering Manor will finish renovations to the existing "Pickering Pavilion" to include a 32 -bed renovated Skilled Nursing unit and a 21-bed certified Memory Care unit.

Pickering was founded in 1963 and is the only 5-star community-owned and operated continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Pennsylvania.